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What a delight it is to be seated next to a screaming child, no?

By Sushmita Bose

I’ve been told that young children should be hugged and kissed as often as possible — they grow up more secure that way. Fair enough. But the other day, when I was standing in a long-winded check-in queue at the airport, and a man suddenly decided to indulge his toddler son by babytalking and cuddling him, and (resultantly) halting the line to a standstill, I couldn’t help wondering what the hell was going on? I mean, cuddle as much as you can (or want) — but surely after the check-in is done? Because while everyone is waiting (im)patiently and watching this form of PDA being played out, they are not getting any younger. Continue reading What a delight it is to be seated next to a screaming child, no?

For grandpa’s 100th birthday, his 10 kids, their kids and a village in Kerala came together

By Mary Paulose

A couple of months ago, in a coastal village in Kerala, India, my maternal grandfather turned 100. We all call him Appa, and we had no doubt he would live to be a 100. His own father, my great-grandpa, had lived to be 104-years-old.

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I’m jealous of people who leave their jobs to travel for months

By Deepthi Nair

For some time now, I’ve been following a couple on Instagram that has travelled to over 30 countries. With sheer envy, I have scrolled through their feed, poring over photographs of their weekend getaways — to Istanbul, Paris, Zanzibar — and watched them chronicle their travels, hoping to pick up tips. I would feel much less envious when their posts were about places I had visited. Life was then more tolerable.

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The simple, stylish art of watchmaking in Japan

By Allan Jacob

In Japan, time is not just of the essence, it’s been given the exalted status of an art where possibilities are infinite. There’s a creative process in its construction. I get the feeling that it watches (pun intended) over me, never tarrying, as I lumber along after a day out in the sprawling megalopolis that is Tokyo.

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